Justification Sanctifies!

[S]anctification is not a new thing, but simply the unfolding, by the operation of the Spirit, of something already present. It is God’s justifying verdict itself which sanctifies. . . .

It is precisely because God waits for no guarantees but pardons out-and-out, because He dares to trust a man who has no claim or right to trust at all–it is because of this that forgiveness regenerates, and justification sanctifies.

–James S. Stewart, A Man in Christ: The Vital Elements of St. Paul’s Religion (New York: Harper, 1935), 258, 259-60

(HT: Dane Ortlund)

Peter serves as a pastor-teacher, at home and abroad, resourcing gospel-centred communities.

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